RFID technology held back by skill shortage

Retailers hoping to take advantage of the biggest technological advancement in their sector since the barcode are being hampered by a lack of skilled workers, research reveals.

Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology allows retailers to track every product along the supply chain, improving stock availability and cutting costs.

But although the technology is already available, skilled workers are thin on the ground, according to a survey by the Computing Technology Industry Association, (CompTIA), a global trade association.

Of employers responding to the survey 80% said the RFID talent pool is too small and  66% said training and educating their employees about the technology is one of the biggest challenges they face in competing in the RFID market.

The results of the survey are based on responses from 51 members of CompTIA.

 

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